I did a few more rows on the Pine Tree Scarf, but the sock craving wouldn't let me go, so I put it aside again to start on the socks I want to make Sam for Christmas. The yarn is Fearless Fibers Smoke, and I'm using size 3 needles, which is a bit loose, but the other socks turned out fine, so I'm going to go with it. I have size 2's waiting in the wings in case this seems inappropriate after a while.
I cast on 72 stitches on 9/15 and have a good 2 inches done in 2 x 2 rib. I plan to rib all the way down the leg, for a manly look. The color is very pleasing and the ribbing looks and feels good. Not at all tight, but I think it will stay up all right. Since Sam has diabetes, I definitely don't want the leg to be too tight.